Exhibition Space: Events

Holloway Art Lending Library
1st January - 31st December 2018, 10:00am-4:00pm:

Promoting the work of local people, Holloway Art Library have a display at Resource for London of art work which can be loaned. For more information about viewings or if you are interested in lending any of the picture(s) on display please contact 07541 841 414 or email info@artlending.org.uk.

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coercion, alienation, resistance…

Photographs by Mary Lynne Ellis

Resource for London, 356 Holloway Rd, London N7 6PA

November 12 to January 12, 2019, Monday to Friday 9am - 6pm, Saturday and Sunday 9am - 5pm (next to WAITROSE, near Holloway Road tube and bus routes)

In these photographs, taken mainly in London (2016 - 2018), I explore structures of coercion and profound states of alienation generated by the current political climate in the UK and internationally. Recognition of how we (differently) articulate such experiences individually and collectively, on behalf of others and ourselves, is critical. How do the subtlest possibilities of resistance emerge and in what forms, what languages? How do we respond to these? How do we discover the courage to take up the crucial responsibility of supporting and defending those whose voices are stifled or obliterated? The horrific fire at Grenfell Tower highlights the necessity of asking this again and again with a sustained and relentless determination.

As an arts activist and a relational (analytical phenomenological) psychotherapist I aim to enable people to discover new languages for the complexities of their own suffering and their strengths. This enhances their responses to the vulnerabilities of others. The development of such attunement can generate resourcefulness and the courage to challenge structures of oppression, inequality, and discrimination which constrain and divide us, individually and collectively, consciously and unconsciously. I have always been committed to showing my art work in community-based contexts (rather than in galleries). My hope is that the accessibility of art to a wider diversity of people can contribute to the growth of an awareness which is productive of social and political change.

Mary Lynne Ellis, B.A. Art and Design (Camberwell School of Art, UAL), Dip. Art Therapy, M.A. Art Therapy, Dip. Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, M.A. Modern European Philosophy